Did Pellicano spy on Stallone, Weinraub and others?

The Smoking Gun has posted sixty pages of government allegations that private investigator Anthony Pellicano "illegally recorded Sylvester Stallone's telephone calls and accessed confidential law enforcement records pertaining to other entertainment industry figures, including actors Garry Shandling, Kevin Nealon, and Keith Carradine, journalists Anita Busch and Bernard Weinraub, and industry powers Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane." The website continues:

Pellicano and six associates were named in an 110-count federal racketeering indictment unsealed today in Los Angeles. A copy of the 60-page indictment can be found below. According to prosecutors, Pellicano used contacts in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments and at the phone company to illegally wiretap phones as well as to gain access to the confidential National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Pellicano, the indictment alleges, was "responsible for securing clients who were willing and able to pay large sums for the purpose of obtaining personal information of a confidential, embarrassing, or incriminating nature."

While the Pellicano group's "investigative targets" would often include "opponents or witnesses in criminal or civil litigation," the indictment does not name any lawyers as being part of the illegal scheme.

Charged along with Pellicano is Mark Arneson, a former LAPD officer, who allegedly was paid to tap into the NCIC system, and Rayford Earl Turner, a retired phone company worker who helped facilitate the bugging operation. Kevin Kachikian, a software engineer, was indicted for allegedly designing a computer program (dubbed "Telesleuth") which Pellicano used to wiretap conversations of Stallone, Carradine, and dozens of others mentioned in the indictment.

Named but not charged in the indictment is ex-cop Craig Stevens, who allegedly took money from Pellicano in exchange for tapping into Beverly Hills Police Department computers. A former phone company manager, Teresa Wright, is also named but not charged in the complaint. Wright is alleged to have aided the wiretapping.

Good stuff! Pellicano pleaded not guilty and remains in custody.


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